CEDROS ALPAMAYO TREKKING
This is one of the most beautiful circuits that we have within the Blanca Range, it is very suitable for people who love nature and who want to dive for longer in the mountain to see the Alpamayo Mount, the incredible pyramidal face which is considered the most beautiful mountain in the world; In addition to appreciating several lagoons of different colors just at the foot of the snowy mountains, you can enjoy a unique and unforgettable sunrise and sunset in almost all camps. In some sections we can also see wild animals typical of the area, among mammals and birds of variety, among them the Andean Ganzos (wachwua), Cara Cara, flicker, coots, Azulito de los Andes (bird whose color is dark blue, reason by which it takes this name), Andean fox, deer, Taruka (different type of deer), vizcacha (Andean Rabbit), Ducks and of course the Andean Condor, considered the largest bird in the Andes with an approximate measure of three meters from wing to wing, and although it is in danger of extinction, we can still appreciate if we walk with enthusiasm and good luck.
Route: Trekking Cedros Alpamayo
Duration: 08 Days/07 Nights
Recommended season: Early April to last October
Highest point: 4880m. Cara Cara Pass
Average hours to walk: 5 - 7 hours per day
Day 1: Huaraz – Llanganuco – Vaqueria – Tuctu 4200m.
After the breakfast in the Hotel we will come to pick you up in your Hotel and aboard the Bus to go along the Huaylas Ally in the north side of Huaraz. Passing different traditional towns, first we pass by Carhuaz city 2650m, where we can find the traditional homemade Ice-Creams from local fruits, then we continue with our travel to the next city of Yungay 2500m., this city was buried by an Avalanche that fell down from Huascarán Mountain in 1970, from here we start going up to the Llanganuco Valley, first we will get to the entrance of Huascaran National Park to register our name and pay the entrance fee, after 20 minutes driving we will visit the two lakes of Llanganuco called (Chinancocha and Orconcocha), then we will continue going up to Portachuelo Pass 4770m., where we will have a stop to take pictures the splendid views of different peaks around like Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Pisco, Huandoy, and others, after that we will start go down to Vaqueria for about 1 hour and 20 minutes approximately, where our donkey driver and donkeys will be waiting for us, here we will starting our trekking until Tuctubamba for about 5 hours approximately. We will arrive to our first camp around 3 or 4:00pm and we’ll sleep at 4200m.
Day 2: Tuctubamba – Pucajirca Pass 4640m. – Quisuar
Today, we will start climbing up to get the Pucaraju pass 4640m. We will get there around 11am, and then we go down in zigzag path and nice landscape surrounded by highlands straw and many trees. We will get to the Huecroncocha Lake to have Lunch in the nice spot. Then after 25 minutes walking down we will get small village called Quisuar, where we will camp in the left side of the river at 3900m.
Day 3: Quisuar – Tupatupa Pass 4400m. – Jancapampa
We will start our hiking going up moderate path, enjoying field of sheep and we have a nice landscape and the view of the Tulliraju mountain accompanying us, after couple hours walking up we will get the Tupatupa pass 4400m., easily, then we will go down by the base of the Pucajirca Mountain and then we will arrive to the next camping place of Jancapampa 3600m., overnight here.
Day 4: Jancapampa – Yanacon Pass 4600m. – Huillca
We will start climbing up early in the morning to get the pass on time, Yanacon pass 4610m., as always we will be surprised by nice different landscapes, in a gradual ascending we are on the pass around 11 AM, after the pass we will go down to the next camp place called Huillca, here we can see very close to our tents the Alpacas and goats which belong to one of the community of Pomabamba Province, overnight Camping at 4000m.
Day 5: Huillca – Caracara Pass 4800m. – Jancarurish
Moderate walking the first 2 hours to get the Mesapata pass at 4460m. Then we will walk flat area to the water stream in Moyobamba valley to have lunch, and then we will continue to the base of the caracara pass, from where we will start our gradual ascend for one hour until the Caracara pass 4800m, after the pass is easy walk down to Jancarurish which is our next campground at 4250m and from here we have the best view of the perfect ice Pyramidal shape of Alpamayo Mount and of course we can even have a nice sunset and the Alpamayo Mount get orange coluor.
Day 6: Jancarurish –Mirador Alpamayo- Ruinapampa
After the breakfast in Jancarurish we will start climb up to to the Mirador or view Point to see the most beautiful mountain Alpamayo, from here we will enjoy the nice views of Alpamayo and Quitaraju Mount, after that we will start go down and we will have lunch on the way, after that we will continue to Ruinapampa, along this valley we can see the west face of Alpamayo, after 2 hours more we will arrive to Ruinapampa where we will appreciate the inka – Terrazes, overnight Camping over 4025m.
Day 7: Ruinapampa – Osoruri Pass 4880m. – Huishcash
After the breakfast in Ruinapampa we will start climb up on zigzags until Ichic vientunan pass 4770m. for about 3 hours, where we will enjoy the nice views of Santa Cruz, Pilanco and Milluaraju mounts, after that we will go down to Osoruri for about 40 minutes, then we will start walking up toward our last Pass Osoruri 4880m, then we will go down, after a few meters down we will be surprised by a nice spot, a beautiful blue lake of Cullicocha in the base of Santa Cruz massif, we will get offshore the lake to have lunch. After rest in the lunch time we will continue going down to our last camping place of Huishcash, from this camping place we will appreciate a very nice sunset over the Black Mountain Range in front us. Overnight at 4320m.
Day 8: Huishcash – Hualcayan – Huaraz
Today is our last hiking day, and is only downhill walk, we will arrive first to the small village of Hualcayan where our private transport will be waiting for us, and here we also find a very basic shops and the National Park entrance control to check out, before leave the village we will have the lunch. After the lunch break will continue by bus to Huaraz, we arrive between 3 to 4 PM and transfer to the hotel – Huaraz.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- All private tours, all private transport and the price system guarantees your departure and only with your team members.
- Official bilingual guides with good manners and social behavior
- Official mountain cooks (Our expeditions always go with guide & cook, amount depending on the amount of participants).
- Good and varied food - best quality (vegetarian option).
- Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca always with accredited guides, no exceptions.
- Porters, donkeys and donkey drivers, amount depending on the amount of participants and nature of your expedition.
- We respect working conditions and local tariffs of staff - no exploitation
- Imported tents from Eureka, Mountain Hard ware, North face and Ferrino brand, 3 person tents for every 2 customers, 2 person tent for every single person.
- All camping equipment and cooking/eating utensils.
- Self inflating Matresses (Thermarest)
- Clients carry day pack only, approx. 12 kg per client on the donkeys
- Safety horses in case of emergency or fatigue (until 6 pax -> 1 horse, until 12 pax -> 2 horses, until 18 pax -> 3 horses …).
- All entrance fees
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Not mentioned or additional beverages or meals in villages
- Sleeping bag (rental US $ 7.00 per day + US $ 5.00 for obligatory laundry)
- Breakfast on the 1st day (hotel) and dinner on the last day.
- Tip for the staff
- Travel accidents and health insurance
- Return or abortion otherwise as planned itinerary: transport & possible accommodation costs (also for staff)
- Personal mountain equipment.
TREKKING EQUIPMENT LIST
We understand how important it is for our clients to have the right equipment on their trips. That’s why we provide you with this Trekking Gear List, which gives you a detailed inventory of all the items you need during your excursion.
- Walking Boots
- Lightweight long underwear bottoms
- Comfortable and lightweight cotton or synthetic pants
- Water/windproof pants
- Lightweight long underwear tops
- Mid weight top layer
- Down or synthetic fill parka or sweater with hood
- Water/windproof jacket
- Lightweight gloves
- Shelled gloves
- Warm hat
- Neck gaiter and/or balaclava
- Ear band
- Sun hat
- Light cotton long sleeved shirt
- Trekking Poles
- Sunscreen: At least 30 SPF or higher.
- Lip balm: With sunscreen.
First Aid Kit:
- Insect Repellent
- Repair Kit
- Personal Toiletries
- Ear Plugs
- Water Bottles
- Water Purification
- Snack food
- Sun glasses
- Duffel Bag
- Day Pack: A large-is (30 liters) day pack is recommended.
- Stuff Bags: A few assorted stuff sacks to help organize your gear
- Entertainment Selection
- Passport: Make a photocopy or two and keep apart from your passport.
- Solar charging panels